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416 Squadron Crest
01.06.1944 No. 416 Squadron Spitfire IX MJ347 P/O. Joseph R.L.N. Guillot

Operation: Shipping reconnaissance

Date: 01st June 1944 (Thursday)

Unit: No. 416 Squadron

Type: Spitfire LFIX

Serial: MJ347

Code: DN-

Base: RAF Tangmere

Location: Somme Estuary

Pilot: P/O. Joseph Rolland Louis Nazaire Guillot J/89644 RCAF Age 21. Killed

REASON FOR LOSS:

Piloting a Spitfire MJ347 on a shipping reconnaissance missing over the Somme Estuary.

Shortly after taking off from RAF Tangmere the aircraft suffered a catastrophic engine failure in flight and plunged into the sea. P/O. Guillot did not manage to bale out of the stricken aircraft and was killed.

His body was found by troops of the Canadian 7th Armoured Reconnaissance Regiment following the invasion of France and was buried in the Le Crotoy Communal Cemetery.

After the war his body was reinterred in the Calais Canadian War Cemetery, Leubringhen, France.

Left grave marker at Calais (Behind his grave is that of 31 year old, Rflm. Arnold Ivan Falls B/118422. Queen's Own Rifles of Canada from Toronto, Canada)

Burial details:

P/O. Joseph Rolland Louis Nazaire Guillot. Calais Canadian War Cemetery. Grave 6.C.12. From Beauport, Quebec, Canada. Next of kin details not available, are you able to assist?

Researched by Michel Beckers for Aircrew Remembered June 2016. 2015 grave photo courtesy Len, remainder, the Michel Beckers collection.

Acknowledgements: Sources used by us in compiling Archive Reports include: Bill Chorley - 'Bomber Command Losses Vols. 1-9, plus ongoing revisions', Dr. Theo E.W. Boiten and Mr. Roderick J. Mackenzie - 'Nightfighter War Diaries Vols. 1 and 2', Martin Middlebrook and Chris Everitt - 'Bomber Command War Diaries', Commonwealth War Graves Commission, Tom Kracker - Kracker Luftwaffe Archives and Fred Paradie - Paradie Archive (both on this site), Robert Gretzyngier, Wojtek Matusiak, Waldemar Wójcik and Józef Zieliński - 'Ku Czci Połeglyçh Lotnikow 1939-1945', Anna Krzystek, Tadeusz Krzystek - 'Polskie Siły Powietrzne w Wielkiej Brytanii', Norman L.R. Franks 'Fighter Command Losses', Aircrew Remembered Databases and our own archives. We are grateful for the support and encouragement of UK Imperial War Museum, Australian War Memorial, Australian National Archives, UK National Archives and Fold3 and countless dedicated friends and researchers across the world.
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